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Goa Should Have A Reserve of Lifeguards

AROUND 600 lifeguards employed by Drishti Lifesaving Services went on a 15-day-long strike during the peak season to demand better pay, service conditions, more perquisites and regularization in service of their employers, putting the lives of the people, a large number of them tourists who flock the state during the Christmas-New Year eve, at risk. It was providence that no …

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Customer Is Not King on Airlines

INDIA is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, with around 70 million domestic tickets sold annually. Passenger numbers are rising 20 per cent a year. The annual ticket sales are expected to soar from 70 million to 300 million, or by about 450 per cent by 2022. This goes to show that air travel is no longer a luxury. …

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Environmental Costs Of Eating Meat

The West is increasingly becoming aware of the “environmental risks” of eating meat. So far meat formed the subject of research and party conversations largely from the point of view of the dangers it posed to the health of individuals. We have had homilies and warnings on how consumption of meat is associated with obesity and an increased risk of …

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Drive Electric Vehicle To Reduce Pollution

The Union transport ministry’s donation of an electric bus to Parliament symbolizes the growing interest in the government quarters to promote electric and hybrid automobiles in the country. The number of electric and hybrid cars has been consistently increasing in the US and Europe.

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Gadkari And Design Of Flexi-Fuel Cars

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has promised to announce a policy on flexible fuel engines for automobiles by January 26. The primary aim of promoting flexi-fuel vehicles – which can run entirely on ethanol, but also have the option for petrol – is to curb pollution as ethanol emits lesser amounts of carbon dioxide than petrol and diesel, but it …

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A Rating System For Goa’s Beaches

The admission by Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar in the Assembly that the contractor appointed for cleaning of beaches was not doing his work “sincerely”, forcing the government to deduct as much as Rs 1.70 crore from his payments, perhaps only points to the tip of the iceberg.

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Catching Terrorists With Pakistan Help

India has kept its cool after the terror attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force base. There have been calls from different quarters, including from within the camps of the BJP and its allies in the NDA government, for a strong response to the attack that has been attributed to Jaish-e-Mohammad, one of the three major terror groups (the other …

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Young Drivers Are Key to Road Safety

This week is being observed as Traffic Safety Week. We hope this does not turn out to be yet another exercise conducted routinely. The officials of the transport department have talked about raising awareness about traffic safety rules by putting up banners and posters, exhibiting films, distributing leaflets and holding conversation with community. Motorists and commuters travelling by public transport …

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Pleasure from Suffering Of Living Beings

The environment ministry’s new guidelines allowing ‘Jallikattu’, the bull taming sport organized during Pongal festivities in Tamil Nadu, has been obviously done with an eye on the benefits the BJP could possibly reap from the decision. Jallikattu is extremely popular in certain districts of Tamil Nadu and over the decades has come to be seen as “an integral part of …

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Terror Attacks For Jugular Vein

US Secretary of State John Kerry called up Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to highlight the need to stay the course for dialogue with India. Immediately after the Indian security forces’ operation at the Pathankot Indian Air Force base to neutralize terrorists was over, the US had told India and Pakistan not to allow the dialogue to break …

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